by Dr. Bill Rawls
With so many choices to manage Lyme disease — many of them expensive — how do you know which one you should pick? Listen as Dr. Rawls explains how focusing on the efficacy, safety, and cost can minimize some of the overwhelming guesswork to determine if a Lyme therapy may be right for you. Take a look at Dr. Rawls’ Lyme Treatment Guide here.
Question: How can I gauge if a therapy will be helpful?
Dr. Rawls: You know, when I was looking at therapies, whether it was symptomatic or therapeutic, to overcome the illness, I used the parameters of three things of whether I chose to do something:
So one was efficacy. See, you know, is there some evidence, and that could even be just people talking about it and saying it works. So you want to have something that, yeah, probably, you know, at least there is a chance that you’re going to get some benefit.
Safety. That’s a big thing. You know, if it wasn’t safe, I just didn’t want to do it. And there’s so many safe things you can do. There’s so many therapies available that, you know, even if there’s a chance it doesn’t work, if it’s not going to hurt you, maybe it’s worth trying.
Then the third parameter was cost. You know, if I, if it fit into my budget and was reasonable, and I would consider doing it.